This 4th Issue welcomes 11 new H2020 projects on Concentrated Solar Power. They will share their latest news and results on Concentrated Solar Power through the 'H2020 Projects' News on CSP'.
The European Commission brought together the consortia of H2020 projects dealing with concentrated solar power in two workshops held in 2016 and 2018, at the INEA premises in Brussels.
One of the outcomes of these workshops was the coordination of communication efforts by all projects, with the aim to share the most recent news from each project. As part of this exercise, the 'H2020 Projects News on Concentrated Solar Power' was created in May 2017 and includes updates from the European projects in the CSP sector currently co-funded by the European Commission.
CAPTure solar receiver prototype's last results presented at SolarPACES 2018
A reliable and cost efficient solar receiver, working at high thermal efficiencies, is the key component for competitive power generation with good solar-to-electric conversion efficiencies.
At the SolarPACES conference 2018 in Casablanca, CAPTure coordinator, CENER, presented the accomplished intermediate-scale experimental tests of a small 2 x 2 array of ceramic foam absorbers at CIEMAT-PSA (SSPS-CRS tower).
In these tests, receiver air outlet temperatures of up to 900 °C have been reached. Furthermore, the experimental activities have been supported by CFD simulations in order to facilitate the selection process of the foam geometry for the final CAPTure receiver prototype (333 kW thermal), which will be installed at the same location.
The construction works are expected to start in November 2018, and the CAPTure prototype testing is planned to start in early 2019.
The presentation given during SolarPACES conference is available here
New technologies for solar cooling in industry
The aim of just launched HyCool is to present, in the form of two demonstration plants, new solar heating and cooling technologies for industrial use.
The combination of state-of-the-art Fresnel collectors by Austrian supplier Fresnex with custom-built hybrid adsorption-compression chillers by German-based Fahrenheit will broaden the temperature range, creating a portfolio of applications to increase the use of solar heating and cooling for industrial processes.
Integrating National Research Agendas on Solar Heat for Industrial Processes project
Within INSHIP, Coordination and Support Actions (CSA) and a wide variety of Research and Development Actions (RnD) are combined into the establishment of an ECRIA (European Common Research and Innovation Agenda) on Solar Heat for Industrial Processes (SHIP). For this purpose the major European research institutions developing SHIP related research have gathered in INSHIP Consortium in this H2020 funded initiative tasked to accelerate the maturity of SHIP in Europe.
The next project meeting will be the third General Assembly Meeting on 8th -10th January 2019, in Chambéry, France, hosted by CEA, including a SSERR seminar on exploitation of EC funded projects on 9th January 2019.
Map of Research Infrastructures online is availablehere Public INSHIP deliverables are available here
Poject presentation in The European Energy Innnovation Magazine can be found here
2nd International Conference hosted by the Horizon 2020 project MinWaterCSP
Stellenbosch, ZA, November 7th-8th, 2018
Saving water when the sun shines! MinWaterCSP hosted the second and final International Conference on the “Reduction of water consumption in CSP plants”. The conference concluded its three years of efforts to promote the competitiveness of CSP plants in arid regions.
Following on the success of its first conference in Marrakech, Morocco, in April 2018, this two-day conference presented applicable technologies in mirror cleaning and cooling to minimise water consumption in CSP plants.
Participants shared their experiences about the water challenges in CSP plants and learned more about the technological solutions MinWaterCSP and the project Raiselife have to offer. In addition to the presentations on the second day, a site visit to the full-scale test facility in Stellenbosch was organised where two main aspects of a novel hybrid (deluge) cooling system, developed within MinWaterCSP, are tested.
Press-Release on the event is available here MinWaterCSP partners inform regularly about their project activities in blogs
MOSAIC concept presented at SolarPaces2018
Cristobal Villasante has presented at the SolarPaces2018 the MOSAIC concept through the oral presentation "MOSAIC, a new CSP plant concept for the highest concentration ratios at the lowest cost" (IK4-TEKNIKER and CENER) in the Central Receivers System session.
A large and interested audience has shown his interest and curiosity to the concept. Furthermore, the poster "Analysis of convective heat losses for a solar bowl helical receiver" from POLITO, CENER, and IK4-TEKNIKER, has been published in the poster session of the conference. Both publications will become the official reference material course of MOSAIC, which will be updated during the project lifespan.
MUSTEC at Energy Networks 2018, Solar PACES 2018 and update of the CSP guru database
MUSTEC at the Energy Networks 2018
MUSTEC approach and results were presented by the project coordinator Dr. Natalia Caldes Gomez (CIEMAT) in the Meeting of Energy Networks 2018, on the 28th of September in Cuernavacas, Mexico, attracting a lot of interest by the participants. The presentation focused on MUSTEC approach, mapping the past, present and future of CSP, and the achieved outputs.
MUSTEC at Solar PACES, 2018
On the 3rd of October, Dr. Johan Lilliestam from ETH presented the paper “The Dragon Awakens: Will China Save or Conquer Concentrating Solar Power” at the Solar PACES 2018, debating on the impact of the Chinese CSP industry. ETH also presented the CSP guru database in the poster session.
Update of the CSP guru database
The CSP.guru database has been recently updated with all the newest technical, economic, financial, and industrial data on all operating concentrating solar power stations and of stations under construction (larger than 10 MW). The complete dataset is freely available here
Learn more about CSP drivers and barriers, technologic and industrial trends, representative project typologies and many more MUSTEC outputshere
High Temperature CSP plant with particle receiver and direct thermal storage
The Next-CSP project was presented during the SolarPACES 2018 conference for an oral session on “Aiming Strategy on the Next-CSP Receiver: Coupling of TABU Search, Ray-Tracing Software Solstice and Thermal Model”.
The ORC-PLUS has just published a short explanatory video in motion design to summarize rapidly the objectives of the project. Get access to the video here
Get also access to the last presentations of the ORC-PLUS workshop that was organized on the 3rd of October as a side event during the SolarPACES 2018 conference. The main topic presented was on Thermal Energy Storage.
Solar calcium-looping integration for thermo-chemical energy storage
SOCRATCES is aimed at demonstrating the feasibility of the Ca-Looping (CaL) process based upon the reversible carbonation/calcination of CaO which is one of the most promising technologies for thermochemical energy storage (TCES). This demonstration will be done by erecting a pilot-scale plant that uses cheap, abundant and non-toxic materials as well as mature technologies used in the industry.
SOCRATCES global objective is to develop a prototype that will reduce the core risks of scaling up the technology and solve challenges; further understand and optimise the operating efficiencies that could be obtained; with the longer-term goal of enabling highly competitive and sustainable CSP plants.
Reducing the water used by CSP plants: 35% for wet cooled & by 90% for dry cooled
The project proposes to demonstrate the efficiency of innovations on solar field cleaning, power-block cooling, water recycling system, and plant operation strategy. Among these are solutions to reduce solar field water cleaning needs, an operation and maintenance optimizer software including soiling forecaster, a MEE water recovery technology running on otherwise dumped heat from the solar field, and a cooling concept for the turbine condenser storing excess heat when ambient is too warm, then releasing it during cool night times.
The solutions will be implemented at two CSP operational sites, “La Africana” parabolic trough plant in Spain and “Ashalim” central receiver plant in Israel, to demonstrate significant reduction in water use while making CSP more cost effective, and achieving near-to-market status. The solutions are best applied together, but each will also bring water and cost savings on its own, thanks to their ability to fit any kind of CSP plant; dry, wet, or hybrid cooled, existing or future ones, tailored to location and policy framework. Their application will save more than 0.5 M€/year of operational cost for a 50 MW CSP plant.
Regarding competition on water resources and humanitarian issues, the social acceptance of CSP will be increased by detailed analysis of case studies and education of local population to the benefits of solar energy. The targeted savings of water and operation costs will increase CSP’s competitiveness compared to other renewable energy and the electricity market in general, as well as its acceptance within local communities, achieving a big step forward in the SET plan goals for CSP technology by 2020. The consortium, led by TSK Electrónica y Electricidad S.A. (Spain), is made up of 13 partners from 6 European countries plus Israel, including 5 industrials partners, 2 SMEs, 5 RTOs and one University.
SUN-to-LIQUID project successfully organized a Scientific workshop in Spain
The SUN-to-LIQUID project successfully organized a Scientific workshop on October 10-12, 2018 at IMDEA Energy Institute in Móstoles, Spain. It presented an updated vision and promoted discussion on the development of solar-driven technologies via the three main conversion routes (electrochemical, thermochemical and photochemical) or combinations of them. Over 60 participants from 10 countries participated in the event.
Great success for the Workshop WASCOP Water Consumption Management in CSP Plants at SolarPaces 2018
141 total registrations and more than 50 external participants are the numbers of the WASCOP Water Consumption Management in CSP Plants at SolarPAces 2018.
For the first time, SolarPaces included the topic of the Water Consumption Management in the conference and WASCOP Consortium, together with the sister projects SOLWATT and MinWaterCSP, has contributed to provide solutions to the needs of the CSP community in the topic. CSP Industrial stakeholders, policy makers, researchers and students, have discussed with a range panel of experts about the proposed cooling and cleaning solutions. A huge thanks to MASEN (Co-organiser) and SolarPaces committee for the support to achieve this great result!
INSHIP ECRIA: a European common RTD strategy for the support of Solar Heat for Industrial Processes, late February 2019, during the 2019 EU Industry Days in Brussels.
Projects' official websites
To learn more about H2020 CSP Projects, please contact us through the official website of each project linked to the logos below: